Bamako - A suicide attack on UN forces in northern Mali on Saturday killed two Senegalese soldiers in what a Malian jihadist leader said was retaliation for the support of African countries of a French army operation against Islamist militants.
A car laden with explosives barrelled into the Malian Bank of Solidarity in the city of Kidal that was guarded by troops from a UN peacekeeping force known as Minusma.
The car "struck the main door of the bank, killing in addition to the suicide bomber, two Minusma Senegalese soldiers and injuring six other people," the government said in a statement.
Five sustained serious injuries - three peacekeepers and two Malian soldiers - and they were taken to Gao, the largest city of northern Mali, the statement said.
The blast came on the eve of a second round of legislative elections aimed at returning constitutional order to Mali after a March 2012 coup threw the country into chaos.